Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox

Matthew Ryan of the Irish Hotels Federation wants Easter's date to be fixed in order to "avoid disruption to business and bookings".
"From a business perspective, a fluctuating Easter makes it difficult for forward planning, budgeting, cost control and general efficiency," said Mr Ryan.
I find it hard not to laugh when I read that passage. I keep picturing Pope Benedict reading that article and calling Mr. Ryan to ask him if there are any other changes to the way the Church operates that might improve Irish hotels' budgeting and efficiency.

It's not quite as outrageous as it sounds, however. The Second Vatican Council :
The Constitution declares that there is no objection to fixing the date of Easter – provided other non-Catholic Christian communities reach agreement.
Still, I suspect that the difficulties faced by the Irish Hotels Federation due to the "fluctuating Easter" will probably be well down the list of concerns if the various Christian churches decide to take up this issue.